Project Management Fundamentals

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Successfully managing a project requires effective planning and adherence to the industry’s best practices in every step of the process. By understanding the fundamentals of project management, you will be better prepared to initiate a project in your organization and position it for success. In this course, you will identify effective project management practices and their related processes.


At this point in your professional development, you are ready to take on the responsibility for managing projects. You can manage a project by developing a solid understanding of the fundamentals of project management and its underlying structure and elements, including project phases, project life cycles, stakeholders, and areas of expertise. These, coupled with the ability to identify the project management processes that are recognized industry-wide as good practice, will help you to apply effective project management techniques to improve the efficiency of your projects and ensure their success.


Course Objectives:


In this course, you will examine the elements of sound project management and apply the generally recognized practices to successfully manage projects.


You will:

  • Identify the key processes and requirements of project management.
  • Initiate a project.
  • Plan for time and cost.
  • Plan for project risks, communication, and change control.
  • Execute, manage, and control a project.
  • Close a project.


Target Student:


This course is designed for individuals whose primary job is not project management, but who manage projects on an informal basis. Also, anyone who is considering a career path in project management and desiring a complete overview of the field and its generally accepted practices can benefit from this course.



On-the-job experience in participating in managed projects would be preferable.


Course Outline


Getting Started with Project Management

 Identify the Characteristics of a Project

Identify the Project Management Life Cycle

Identify the Role of a Project Manager


Initiating a Project

 Determine the Scope of a Project

 Identify the Skills for a Project Team

 Identify the Risks to a Project


Planning for Time and Cost

 Create a WBS

 Sequence the Activities

 Create a Project Schedule

 Determine Project Costs


Planning for Project Risks, Communication, and Change Control

 Analyze the Risks to a Project

 Create a Communication Plan

 Plan for Change Control


Managing a Project

Begin Project Work

Execute the Project Plan

Track Project Progress

Report Performance

Implement Change Control


Closing the Project

 Close a Project

 Create a Final Report

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